Power Stations

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th April 1972.

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Photo of Sir Gerald Nabarro Sir Gerald Nabarro , Worcestershire South 12:00 am, 24th April 1972

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what new power stations he has authorised for construction during the seven years from 1st April, 1972; what aggregate megawatts installed are embraced by this seven years' authorisation; and how much is coal-fired, how much is oil-fired and how much is nuclear-powered.

Photo of Sir Peter Emery Sir Peter Emery , Honiton

With the permission of the House, I will circulate, in the Official Report, the details requested for the CEGB stations now under construction and including Ince B. This programme extends until 1978 and the CEGB advises me that it has no firm plans at present for further orders for major stations.

Photo of Sir Gerald Nabarro Sir Gerald Nabarro , Worcestershire South

But can my hon. Friend say whether any coal-fired stations are included in the seven-years' programme to 1978? As the Central Electricity Generating Board today consumes about half of our total output of coal, is it not essential to the future plans of the National Coal Board that it should know exactly what off-take of coal is needed at the power stations?

Photo of Sir Peter Emery Sir Peter Emery , Honiton

My hon. Friend will see in the OFFICIAL REPORT that the Kingsnorth power station is both oil- and coal-fired and the Didcot power station is coal-fired. It is the CEGB that has to make its recommendation to the Minister on its plans for fuel for future stations.

Photo of Mr Tony Benn Mr Tony Benn , Bristol South East

What growth rate forecasts has the CEGB in its future plans? Do they correspond with the forecasts of growth made by the Government in their very optimistic statement?

Photo of Sir Peter Emery Sir Peter Emery , Honiton

If the right hon. Gentleman will put down a Question on growth rate, I shall then, and only then, be able to give him the exact answer.

Following are the details:

The stations now under construction for the CEGB which are programmed for completion by 31st March, 1979 are as follows:

StationFuelOutput Capacity of Steam plant (MW)
KingsnorthOil/Coal2,000
Fiddlers FerryCoal2,000
Aberthaw BCoal1,500
PembrokeOil2,000
DidcotCoal2,000
Dungeness BNuclear (AGR)1,320
Drax ICoal1,980
Hinkley Point BNuclear (AGR)1,320
HartlepoolNuclear (AGR)1,320
HeyshamNuclear (AGR)1,320
GrainOil3,300
Ince B*Oil1,000
*The CEGB is negotiating to Place main orders for this station as soon as possible
ANALYSIS OF CEGB CAPACITY UNDER CONSTRUCTION BY FUEL
Coal fired7,480(36%)(4 stations)
Coal/Oil fired2,000(9%)(1 stations)
Oil fired6,300(30%)(3 stations)
Nuclear5,280(25%)(4 stations)
Total steam capacity21,060(12 stations)

In addition, the stations include 795 MW of gas turbine generation.